Author: Chiefy

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chiefyJim ''Chiefy'' Mathie is a locally-known lobster slayer for more than 25 years and author of ''Catching the Bug, The Comprehensive Guide to Catching the Florida Spiny Lobster.'' Chiefy has been written about in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper and featured on the Paul and Young Ron Morning Radio Show for his expertise in lobster hunting. Jim was given his "Chiefy" nickname by his dive buddies while spear fishing off South Florida in 2004 after he encountered and survived a shark frenzy witnessed by his friends. Later that evening, for entertainment, they watched ''Jaws.'' During the movie, boat captain Robert Shaw, who later gets eaten by the Great White, nicknames Police Chief Roy Scheider "Chiefy." It is Chiefy who ends up killing the shark. At the time, Jim was a fire chief, so a new Chiefy legend began. Retiring after 30 years of service, his newly-acquired 29-foot SeaVee was documented with the Chiefy name. All Chiefy crew members were given hats and additional attire. CHIEFY, LLC was formed and a complete line of CHIEFY apparel, equipment and publications are now available to the dive and marine industry. The website chiefy.net was established to showcase numerous Chiefy adventures, keeping the legend alive!

 


 

May 25: Another Dive & Dine at the Nauti Dawg

Friday, May 25, 2018 12:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temp - 75 degrees, warmed to 81 by mid-day. We had 77-degree water temp. Combined with southeast winds, a north current and 30-feet of visibility, the dives were centered around Fort Lauderdale. We left the dock in Lighthouse Point and proceeded south, out of the Hillsboro Inlet.

May 24: Grouper is Back on the Menu

Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temp - 79 degrees, warmed to 84 by mid-day. We had 77-degree water temperature and a 10-mph east-southeast wind with a north current and 30’ visibility. Our dives were all off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

May 8: Hogfish Back on the Menu

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:00 AM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temperature – 77 degrees, warming to 84 degrees by 10am. An east wind, 77-degree water temperature with one-to-two-foot seas, a mild north current and visibility of 40 feet.

Apr 28: Bluewater Hunting

Saturday, April 28, 2018 1:00 PM by Chiefy

Underwater Report

8am-outside air temperature - 69 degrees, warming to 86 degrees by 10am. A very light west-northwest wind, 77-degree water temperature with one-foot seas, a mild north current and visibility of 100 feet, but you can’t see the bottom in Bluewater hunting.